Elliot Seguin's Formula One class air race team based out of Mojave, California. Pylon racing at the National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada. Eight airplanes racing head to head around telephone poles in the desert. Mojave is the best place on the planet to build and modify a race plane, and Wasabi is lucky to have the best support in the business.
As soon as we posted the last post of our wicked new propeller for the upcoming non-stop flight attempt we started getting questions. The questions revolve around the fence that Catto installed on the leading edge of the propeller. It turns out it is so much cooler than just the fences.
Below are two pictures of the in flight propeller flow visualization system Catto has been using to test his fences. It is a machined crank extension that holds a Go Pro camera which looks back at the blade face which is tufted, while in flight.
Jenn, Justin, and I have been having a lot of fun helping out Andy Chiavetta and Jon Hadlich with the flight test work on this new Legacy. The airplane was built by Austin Willis with a lot of the Aero Chia mods. It is a total rocket ship!
Justin Gillen chased the first flight. With ground support by Jenn Whaley, Andy Chaivetta, and Jon Hadlich.
What a great airplane!
Jon Hadlich, Andy Chiavetta, Elliot Seguin, Justin Gillen
We also found a problem with the gasket sealant we used to seal our long range tanks which required removing and re-installing the entire system. Luckily Jennifer doesn't mind getting her tiny hands (the only hands that fit down in the tank) covered in gasket sealant.
Hey Guys, A month or so ago Jenn and I had the opportunity to help out on an Aero Chia race prepped Lancair Legacy. The airplane had some modification work done by Andy Chiavetta. It's owner Mac Hammond clearly has great taste as he gathered a great team for the project. The panel was done by Jon Hadlich owner of AI systems. The paint was laid out by Mirco Pecorari . The engine was done by Chris Padilla at Pacific Continental. The test program happened this last winter, testing was done by Matt Jackson and Len Fox with a little help from Wasabi Air Racing (Elliot Seguin, Jenn Whaley and Justin Gillen). I was flattered to get some test guidance from Darryl Greenamyer and Mojave legends Dick Rutan, and Peter Siebold. What a pleasure to work with such talented and professional people! There was a minimum order on the mission patches for this project and we have a few extra. We will be giving 5-10 away. If more envelopes come in than we have patches we promise we will send you something equally awesome.
I got the chance to do some work with Len Fox over the weekend, who is awesome. He had the most bitchin tiny homemade kneeboard. The board is built out of a piece of aluminum sheet slighty undersized with a potato chip bag style jumbo paper riveted to it. The piece that is missing from the pictures below is the very simple elastic he uses to hold it to his leg in flight. The result is effective, compact and even looks good. Very cool!
Jenn and I were really fortunate in early February to finally meet Arnold Ebneter, who among other things holds the absolute distance and closed course distance records for C1-a in the airplane he designed and built for that task. Below are some pictures of the airplane we took while we were there. What a cool airplane!!